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West Brom v Hull: Elmohamady is given go-ahead to earn extra stripe for Tigers

By Paul Burrows

Hull have been given a boost before tonight's trip to West Brom after Egypt agreed to let Ahmed Elmohamady turn up late for Africa Nations Cup duty.

Egypt's foreign-based players were ordered to arrive at their training camp on Tuesday, in preparation for the tournament, which starts on January 14 in Gabon, but midfielder Elmohamady has been allowed to play at The Hawthorns.

Stoke's request for winger Ramadan Sobhi to delay his arrival so he could play in Tuesday's home game against Watford has been turned down.

Elmohamady's Hull team-mate Dieumerci Mbokani is also available to play at West Brom before the striker heads off to join up with DR Congo.

Hull boss Mike Phelan is hoping to help cover the absence of those two key players by drafting in a defender and a striker during the January transfer window.

Former Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o, currently with Turkish side Antalyaspor, is the latest player to be linked with a move to the KCOM Stadium, while FC Groningen defender Hans Hateboer and France international striker Sebastien Haller have also been reported as possible targets.

Phelan has no new injury or suspension worries as his relegation-battlers bid to avoid an eighth straight league defeat on the road.

Hull were denied a first win since November 6 on Friday night when Ross Barkley's late header earned Everton a 2-2 draw, but Phelan, heartened by another gutsy display is set to stick with David Marshall after the goalkeeper's costly error.

"I stand by every player," Phelan said.

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